Sunday, January 6, 2013

China: Innovative Gas-cooled reactor Under construction

A couple of articles demonstrate China's construction of nuclear projects is picking up in intensity.

China Starts $481 Million Nuclear Power Project, Xinhua Says - Bloomberg:
China started construction of a 3 billion yuan ($481 million) nuclear power reactor last month, the Xinhua News Agency reported today, citing the Chinese energy company in charge of the project."
The reactor, which is being built at Shidao Bay in the eastern province of Shandong, will start generating power by the end of 2017 and will have capacity of 200 megawatts, Xinhua said, quoting the operator of the plant, Huaneng Shandong Shidao Bay Nuclear Power Co..
China’s State Council approved a nuclear power safety plan and a development schedule for the industry in October, effectively lifting a ban on new projects in place since an earthquake and tsunami crippled the Fukushima Dai-Ichi plant in Japan in 2011.
Continue Reading at Bloomberg

In related news, reports that construction of the Shidao Bay nuclear plant - to be China's largest:
The China Internet Information Center says work on the plant in Rongcheng in eastern China's Shandong province resumed last month.
It says the Shidao Bay plant is the country's biggest planned nuclear project. The plant is expected to begin supplying electricity to the grid by 2017.
The Telegraph looks at a different aspect of China's nuclear industry in China blazes trail for 'clean' nuclear power from thorium:
Princeling Jiang Mianheng, son of former leader Jiang Zemin, is spearheading a project for China's National Academy of Sciences with a start-up budget of $350m.
He has already recruited 140 PhD scientists, working full-time on thorium power at the Shanghai Institute of Nuclear and Applied Physics. He will have 750 staff by 2015.
The aim is to break free of the archaic pressurized-water reactors fueled by uranium -- originally designed for US submarines in the 1950s -- opting instead for new generation of thorium reactors that produce far less toxic waste and cannot blow their top like Fukushima.
"China is the country to watch," said Baroness Bryony Worthington, head of the All-Parliamentary Group on Thorium Energy, who visited the Shanghai operations recently with a team from Britain's National Nuclear Laboratory.
 The Telegraph article does not continue to note specific testing of Thorium in one of China's CANDU6 reactors, but this youtube video indicates the fuel has been designed:

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